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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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A.D. 12-2!).] ASTIiONOMEKS OF TOLEDO. 515 David of Toledo, and all the other masters of the same place, health and the consolation of the Holy Spirit, from the year of our Ijord one thousand two hundred and twenty-nine for seven years, in the month of September, the sun will be in the sign of Libra ; all the planets will then come together, and the sun will bj in the tail of the Dragon ; and this will be a sign of wonderful and dreadful events ; and there will be a storm of wind throughout Saturn and Mars, and the sea will rise unusually high; and there will ha such a great clashing together of the winds that they will stand almost together, and will obscure and darken the whole world ; and they will give forth dreadful sounds, putting the hearts of men in disorder, destroying buildings and trees ; and several valleys will be raised to a level with mountains ; and they will hurl many cities to the ground, especially Babylon, l'aldach, Methas, and Tiipolis, and chiefly cities lying in gravelly and sandy places ; but before all these tilings come to pass there will lie an eclipse of the sun, and from the third hour of the day till mid-day the sun will be of a fiery red colour, which denotes great effusion of blood; and alter this will follow an eclipse of the moon of mingled colours, which will denote great confusion among nations ; and alter this there will bo battles and slaughter in the east and in the west, and there will be universal earthquakes throughout the whole world, and a groat mortality and disputing of nations aud kingdoms one with another, and a great emperor will die; and alter this tempest of winds few will remain alive, but as many as do survive will abound in delicacies and wealth ; a doubtfulness will spring up amongst the Saracens, and they shall leave their mosques and shall become one with the Christian. Therefore we, in common with all the magistracy and all our learned fellow astrologers of Toledo, having discovered these facts, have thought proper to disclose them to you, and enjoin you in remission of your sinH and for the salvation of your souls, to publish them to persons not aware of them, and to provide places of safety for yourselves to remain in as long as these winds shall continue ; they will blow in the month of September, and then it will be difficult to find on the eartli a safe dwelling place. Prepare therefore caves on plains surrounded by mountains, not covered with sand or gravel, and let the caves be covered with planks, and place eartli upon them, and let no trees he near, hy which the month of the cave can be blocked up, and in these caves lay up food for yourselves fur forty days ; know also that ill this all the philosophers and astronomers of Spain, Greece, Arabia, Armenia, and the Hebrews, are of the same opinion as ourselves. We have heard too that the king of .Manichili is building a tower of excellent materials, in which all his ni ighboiirs are assisting him, and the tower will be as large as a mountain. And we also declare of the king of Sicily, the dangt rs which seem to us impending. Nothing therefore remains for Christians

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